LUCASVILLE — The Morgan Township Community Complex, 7106 Big Bear Creek Road in Lucasville, is on the precipice of enhancement, as the Scioto County Commissioners have awarded $25,900 grant for the improvement project, which provide a brand new gymnasium floor for the Complex.
Michele Throckmorton, director of the Scioto County Regional Planning Commission, said the funds for the improvement project are from the State Direct Allocation Program.
“The Morgan Township Community Complex Improvement Project consists of removing the existing tile in the 40 x 60 gymnasium and replacing with vinyl commercial tile and mark the floor for basketball use,” Throckmorton said. “This facility is used by the Morgan Township Community and is the only recreational space in the vicinity for our residents to use. It is used for local basketball practice, baby showers and wedding showers. Most importantly, the Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Morgan Township 50 Plus Club frequently hold activities. Hobbs applied for a grant to have the gym floor repaired.”
The Improvement Project has been bid and awarded to Emnett Construction. Project completion date is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2016, according to Throckmorton. Morgan Township has also submitted an application for the June/Worstell Street Road Improvements. If approved, that project will be constructed in 2017.
The Morgan Township Board of Trustees is composed of Ralph Carver, president, Dennis Jenkins, vice president, Terry Altman, and Carolyn Hobbs serves as fiscal officer. Hobbs said the grant for improvement project to acquire a new gymnasium floor at the Complex was a necessity.
“Our gym floor is from the original school, so it is in really bad shape. We got a grant this year that is going to allow us to be able to replace our gym floor,” Hobbs said. “This gym is going to be completely replaced, and they will put new tile down. The basketball lines that were on the gym floor will be put back down, as we have kids to come here to play basketball.”
Hobbs said they are elated about the future gymnasium floor.
“We are really excited about getting our new gym floor. Emnett Construction got the bid on that, so they will be doing the work. Everything that we are able to is done through grants, and commissioners really help us out with that. So we are looking forward to having the gym floor done, it is really going to be nice,” Hobbs said.
Community Complex is a vital part of the Morgan Township community.
“We have reunions here, actually two are booked for next month. Our Morgan Township Fire Department holds their annual Halloween Carnival here, we just have all kinds of community events and activities that are held here,” Hobbs said. “Groups come in just to play basketball, and corn hole which starts in April and goes all the way through November. Some people host weddings, and baby showers, so something is always going on here.”
Carver said their goal is to get things done for Morgan Township.
“We are just trying to do the best we can to serve Morgan Township with the resources that we have,” Carver said. “Things are getting better, and this is the worst road that we’ve had. We have been trying to get the work done on this road for a while. There is only a few houses on this road, but no matter how small the number of houses, we are supposed to take care of it. There is a lot of traffic on this road though, I am not sure where they go, but we do get a lot of traffic that comes onto the road. We are working together, which is something that we do very well. So we’re just plugging along out here, and trying to get work done.”
For questions regarding Morgan Township call Carolyn Hobbs at 740-259-0933.
Morgan Township Community Complex will soon have a new floor. The township was recently awarded a $29, 500 grant for the Improvement Project through the Scioto County Commissioners Office.
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